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1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
37 C.F.R. § 41.50(b)
organosilane masterbatch comprising one or more carbon black fillers
Chen US 7,101,922 B2 Sep. 5, 2006

In re Corr, 347 F.2d 578,580 (CCPA 1965) (Although a patent applicant is entitled to be his or her own lexicographer of patent claim terms, the applicant must provide definitions for such claim terms in the Specification with sufficient clarity to provide a person of ordinary skill in the art with clear and precise notice of the meaning that is to be construed .). Limitations appearing in the specification but not recited in the claim are not read into the claim. E-Pass Techs., Inc. v. 3Com Corp., 343 F.3d 1364, 1369 (Fed. Cir. 2003).

2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
Ex Parte Wang et al RUGGIERO 102(e)/103(a) HEWLETT PACKARD COMPANY
system and method in which a delay circuit receives a first signal and provides a time separated copy of the first signal
Masleid US 2004/0098630 A1 May 20, 2004
Amekawa US 2004/0098684 A1 May 20, 2004
Park US 2005/0233573 A1 Oct. 20, 2005 (filed Jun. 29, 2004)
Foreman US 2005/0246116 A1 Nov. 3, 2005 (filed Apr. 29, 2004)
Broyde US 2006/0192429 A1 Aug. 31, 2006 (filed Feb. 18, 2004)

In rejecting claims under 35 U.S.C. § 103, it is incumbent upon the Examiner to establish a factual basis to support the legal conclusion of obviousness. See In re Fine, 837 F.2d 1071, 1073 (Fed. Cir. 1988).

3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
Ex Parte OFFUTT et al LORIN 102(b)/103(a) Alston & Bird LLP
method, system and article for receiving requests from users reflecting travel itineraries
Cochran US 4,879,648 Nov. 7, 1989
Tagawa US 5,732,398 Mar. 24, 1998
Walker US 5,897,620 Apr. 27, 1999
DeLorme US 5,948,040 Sep. 7, 1999


1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
CMP (chemical-mechanical polishing) slurry mixing system
Sawyer 4,168,295 Sep. 18, 1979
Mase 5,100,476 Mar. 31, 1992
Vanell 5,750,440 May 12, 1998
Klein 6,155,706 Dec. 05, 2000
Taniyama 6,431,184 B1 Aug. 13, 2002
Wu 2004/0134514 A1 Jul. 15, 2004
Boyers 2006/0107976 A1 May 25, 2006

2100 Computer Architecture and Software
method of searching for a song
Lui US 5,146,833 Sep. 15, 1992
Ghias, "Query for Humming – Musical Information Retrieval in an Audio Database," ACM 1995.
McNab, "Towards the Digital Music Library: Tune Retrieval from Acoustic Input," ACM 1996.
Obviousness determination is not the result of a rigid formula, and we will consider the facts of a case and the common sense of those skilled in the art. Leapfrog Enters., Inc. v. Fisher-Price, Inc., 485 F.3d 1157, 1161 (Fed. Cir. 2007). That is, the test for obviousness is rather what the combined teachings of the references would have suggested to those of ordinary skill in the art. See In re Keller, 642 F.2d 413, 425 (CCPA 1981); In re Young, 927 F.2d 588, 591 (Fed. Cir. 1991).

3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
Ex Parte Agarwal et al LORIN 103(a) Gibb Intellectual Property Law Firm, LLC
apparatus for metering usage of services
Halliday US
2002/0083003 A1 Jun. 27, 2002

3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Designs
Ex Parte Bad Homberg GmbH LEE 103(a) Davidson Davidson & Kappel, LLC
37 C.F.R. § 41.50(b)
pump for use as a power-assisted steering pump
5,111,660 May 12, 1992
A reference only teaches away when it suggests the developments flowing from its disclosure are unlikely to produce the objective of the applicant’s invention. Syntex (U.S.A) LLC v. Apotex, Inc., 407 F.3d 1371, 1380 (Fed. Cir. 2005).

Ex Parte Hockaday et al GRIMES 103(a) JAMES C WRAY
37 C.F.R. § 41.50(b)

portable catalytic heater
Welles, US 6,062,210, May 16, 2000
Welles, US 6,138,665, Oct. 31, 2000
Hoagland, US 6,895,805 B2, May 24, 2005
Santini, Jr. et al., US 6,849,463 B2, Feb. 1, 2005

Anticipation is the epitome of obviousness. See, e.g., Connell v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 722 F.2d 1542, 1548 (Fed. Cir. 1983).

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